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The Best Colleges in Ranked for 2018

These are the best four year colleges in as ranked by CollegeSimply. This ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading our 2018 ranking as the best college in is Johns Hopkins University.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 Johns Hopkins University 12 23 41
2 University of Maryland College Park 70 269 120
3 St John's College 64 362 313
4 Maryland Institute College of Art 192 454 275
5 University of Maryland Baltimore County 156 453 637
6 St Mary's College of Maryland 270 1,141 160
7 McDaniel College 358 1,081 224
8 Mount St Mary's University 522 600 199
9 Stevenson University 632 565 497
10 Towson University 523 946 441
11 Washington College 1,400 288 216
12 Frostburg State University 870 622 1,041
13 Capitol College 521 1,314 1,290
14 Loyola University Maryland 1,395 721 110
15 Bowie State University 1,158 170 1,176
16 Washington Adventist University 1,095 106 1,494
17 University of Maryland Eastern Shore 1,146 139 1,422
18 Salisbury University 1,398 722 360
19 Hood College 1,394 860 328
20 Coppin State University 1,177 156 1,623
21 University of Baltimore 1,008 287 1,755
22 Goucher College 1,393 1,114 294
23 Morgan State University 1,104 537 1,474
24 Washington Bible College Capital Bible Seminary 633 1,493 1,376

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.